Use templates for transcription
By Laura Naumann
Some of my doctors essentially repeat the same report over and over with slight variations for the individual patient. It certainly is worth the effort of making a transcription template containing those repetitive phrases and even whole paragraphs. I have multiple templates for each of the physicians I transcribe for. When the doctor’s name comes up I may open a template for an office note, a history & physical, and an address list, whatever I have for that doctor.
For example: The doctor’s recording states, “I saw ___ back in follow-up today here in the office on ___. …” I will certainly fill in and save the date when I open the template. I also fill in the date on the first sentence. 8 out of 10 times the doctor will dictate the sentence per the template and for the few times he uses a slightly different variation I simply backspace.